UG RA in “Dewetting driven assemblies of nanoparticles” - Materials Science and Engineering

The Banerjee Lab in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is looking for a motivated undergraduate (preferably sophomore or junior) to work up to10 hours / week for at least 3 semesters. The ideal candidate will have a background in the sciences or engineering. She / he will be self-motivated, goal driven and focused. She/ he will actively engage in research, conduct experiments, data analysis and support graduate students in the lab through acquired skills in chemical synthesis of nanoparticles and advanced materials characterization.

Nanoparticles assembled in well-defined patterns are critical elements for various applications in nanoelectronics, sensors, etc. However assembling nanoparticles into well-defined patterns is a technologically intensive and costly process. The goal of this project is to use dewetting of precious metal films deposited on a substrate, as a guiding force to “self-direct” nanoparticles into forming well-defined patterns. In dewetting, a film shrinks into droplets under thermal cycling. However, when doing so, dewetting creates significant forces which can be exploited to create movement over large distances. This project will use real time imagery under a microscope to observe how nanoparticles move, arrange and assemble under dewetting forces. The understanding obtained from this project can help self-assembly of nanoparticles using dewetting forces.

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/10/2022 - End Date: 4/27/2022

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

- The position involves some use of microfabrication techniques - The position involves the use of an optical microscope - The position involves the use of a high temperature furnace and an optical stage - Data will be gathered using an image capture and analyses program - The student has to be comfortable with video and photo manipulation using MAtlab or other proprietary software.

Time Commitment

10 hour(s)

Student Requirements

Background in Physics, Chemistry or Engineering. Sophomore or Junior Experience with Matlab (or Mathematica, etc.,) coding required Materials characterization experience is helpful, not required Experience with image analyses software helpful, not required

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only

Additional Notes

There is a chance that the position can be paid during summer.

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 09-25-2018
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes